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Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar   

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The Fender Roadhouse offers a classic Strat configuration constructed with upgraded cosmetics and premium Texas Special pickups. An Ensenada-built ve...Read More

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A classy Strat with superb tone.

The Fender Roadhouse offers a classic Strat configuration constructed with upgraded cosmetics and premium Texas Special pickups. An Ensenada-built version of the Roadhouse Stratocaster, this attractively priced picking machine features a brown shell pickguard, tinted maple neck, and Texas Special single coil pickups for sweet tone.

Includes a gig bag.

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FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: 1-Piece Tinted Maple, "C" Shape (Satin Urethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" Radius (241mm)
  • Frets: 21 Medium-Jumbo
  • Scale: Length 25.5" (648mm)
  • Width @ Nut: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Vintage-Style, Synchronized Tremolo
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Brown Shell
  • Pickups: 3 Texas Special Single-Coil Strat Pickups
  • Pickup Switching- 5-Position Blade:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
  • Position 3. Middle Pickup
  • Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
  • Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck pickup), Tone 2 (Middle Pickup)
  • Finish: Polyester Finish
  • Strings: Fender Standard Tension Bullets ST3250L, Nickel Plated Steel
  • Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042), p/n 073-3250-003
  • Includes a gig bag
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FenderDeluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing instrument!

I do look at reviews when I am considering a new purchase, and I have to let you all know that this guitar is well worth the money and you will not want to...Read complete review

I do look at reviews when I am considering a new purchase, and I have to let you all know that this guitar is well worth the money and you will not want to let it go.
I have been playing guitar for over 30 years, and own a number of fine guitars including an American HSS Deluxe Strat that I replaced the Humbucher with a Seymour Duncan SH5. I love this guitar, but was looking for a more bluesy clean sound especially in the 2nd and 4th switch positions. I bought this guitar from Musicians Friend mail order, and am I ever impressed!
The white body with the tortoise shell pickguard is the bomb! There are a lot of great luthiers in Austin, and I got mine set up for 9.5's from D'Addario (EXL 120+) and it has been hard to put this thing down.
Maybe I was just lucky, but there was no need for any fretwork, the frets were all at the proper height and factory rounded and smooth as my HSS American Deluxe! Like butter! The quality and workmanship was well beyond what I expected.
What everyone talks about are the pickups, and indeed they are pure. I get my best sound with the guitar volume around 7 and adjust the tone knobs to the song we are playing. These Texas Specials can get as nasty as you like, and respond to overdrive and distortion pedals well, with amazing treble boost on the bridge p/u. But the real value of this guitar is the way that it can bring out an extremely wonderful sound
Everything is right on this guitar, and don't think that because it is a MIM Strat it is anything less than an American model. The factory finish, the aged maple neck, the playability are all there. I play this guitar thru Vox tube greenback speakers as well as a Peavey Classic 50/410 and the sound is superb. My only problem now is putting the guitar down earlier enough to get a good nights sleep.
I have honestly found no negatives about this guitar at all. Look for a good coupon, get the white body, and look forward to some sonic bliss.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice but lacking in Quality Control

Although the packaging was adequate, after opening the pick guard had many scratches in it. Also on the back of the body the plate is "white". Why would you be...Read complete review

Although the packaging was adequate, after opening the pick guard had many scratches in it. Also on the back of the body the plate is "white". Why would you be so cheap as this? Good money was spent for a guitar that "visually" just doesn't add up. Probably should have stuck with the Gibson.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful guitar, flawless finish

By 

from Seattle

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Excellent Finish
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • GREAT sound

Cons

  • Pickups Not For Everyone

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I'll be straight up and say I don't use this guitar for blues or anything of the sort, which is really where this guitar will shine. I mostly play post-rock. That being said, it suits my needs.

    The pickups are a huge step up from the stock Mexican ceramic pickups, although they are definitely not for everyone. The bridge pickup is a pleasant surprise - fuller and hotter than most Strat bridges. I still plan on swapping it for a fatter pickup, but anyone who wants that classic Strat sound with some extra muscle will enjoy this guitar.

    Build quality is some of the best I've seen on MIM. Normally they can vary quite a bit. I'd actually suggest getting it used - mine was WAY cheaper on this site and in nearly immaculate condition.

    Comment on this review

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nice but lacking in Quality Control

    By 

    from Murfreesboro TN

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Scratches On Pick Guard

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Although the packaging was adequate, after opening the pick guard had many scratches in it. Also on the back of the body the plate is "white". Why would you be so cheap as this? Good money was spent for a guitar that "visually" just doesn't add up. Probably should have stuck with the Gibson.

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Incredible Guitar

    By 

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Needed Set Up

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      One of the best electric guitars I've ever owned. Feels and plays better than my American Standard Telecaster and better than my American Deluxe Stratocaster. And it's half the price because its MIM. The neck is beautiful and plays fast because of the satin finish. The TX special pups are exactly what I wanted: fairly hot; chimey when clean, but get gritty and downright dirty fast just by changing my playing dynamics. I gave it four stars instead of five because the guitar did not come set up and it needed a good set up pretty badly.

      Comment on this review

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really a Great Guitar

      By 

      from Kansas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Fit Finish
      • Solid Electronics
      • Well made

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is really a GREAT guitar. I own a 1992 american stand. strat that I have installed a Dimarzio area pickguard in and, it is absolutely a Super sounding and, playing instrument Black with a maple fret board. I have always wanted a sunburst strat and, now I have it. I had to do a little setup on this guitar it was a level 2, new strings, lowered the action a little and the trem needed a little work but, I enjoy doing this kind of stuff and, I'm good at it. Now I have an absolutely Fantastic Sunburst Strat. The Texas Special Pickups are fnatastic sounding and, the looks of this instrument will make you drool. I dearly love my Am Std. Black Strat but, this Deluxe Roadhouse Strat is the guitar of my dreams! Better get one B4 they're gone.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By 

      from Dominican Republic

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        First tnkxz to katty from your office in Utah who took my order bouhgt ir from the Dominican Republic . There Was not problem at all you are A+superp. The guitar sounds gorgeous jazzy ,good for reggae, the strings were Well set up right from the box it is a blessing.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing instrument!

        By 

        from Somewhere atound Austin, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I do look at reviews when I am considering a new purchase, and I have to let you all know that this guitar is well worth the money and you will not want to let it go.
          I have been playing guitar for over 30 years, and own a number of fine guitars including an American HSS Deluxe Strat that I replaced the Humbucher with a Seymour Duncan SH5. I love this guitar, but was looking for a more bluesy clean sound especially in the 2nd and 4th switch positions. I bought this guitar from Musicians Friend mail order, and am I ever impressed!
          The white body with the tortoise shell pickguard is the bomb! There are a lot of great luthiers in Austin, and I got mine set up for 9.5's from D'Addario (EXL 120+) and it has been hard to put this thing down.
          Maybe I was just lucky, but there was no need for any fretwork, the frets were all at the proper height and factory rounded and smooth as my HSS American Deluxe! Like butter! The quality and workmanship was well beyond what I expected.
          What everyone talks about are the pickups, and indeed they are pure. I get my best sound with the guitar volume around 7 and adjust the tone knobs to the song we are playing. These Texas Specials can get as nasty as you like, and respond to overdrive and distortion pedals well, with amazing treble boost on the bridge p/u. But the real value of this guitar is the way that it can bring out an extremely wonderful sound
          Everything is right on this guitar, and don't think that because it is a MIM Strat it is anything less than an American model. The factory finish, the aged maple neck, the playability are all there. I play this guitar thru Vox tube greenback speakers as well as a Peavey Classic 50/410 and the sound is superb. My only problem now is putting the guitar down earlier enough to get a good nights sleep.
          I have honestly found no negatives about this guitar at all. Look for a good coupon, get the white body, and look forward to some sonic bliss.

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Extreme disappointment

          By 

          from Lexington, NC

          About Me Novice

          Pros

            Cons

            • Bowed Neck
            • Flat Sound
            • Pickguard Screw Missing
            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Ok I'm only just past beginning status as a guitar player, but the quality of this guitar was well below acceptable. To begin with, immediately out of the box I noticed one of the pickguard screws was not only missing, the hole in the guitar body was not even there. Ordered the three Texas Special pickup model and received two single-coil pickups which I highly doubt were Texas Specials due to their poor sound and a humbucker that sounded pretty well. It was the only thing about the guitar that was well made. The neck was bowed badly and the back cover plate was white...supposed to be the same as the pickguard which was tortoise shell. Seems they just threw something together and shipped it. I realize this is a Mex model but even for a company as reputable as Fender this is pretty shoddy. I had some problems as well just getting the guitar shipped. I guess this is what I get for ordering a guitar on the internet.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar for the Money!

              By 

              from Mildenhall, England

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                I bought this guitar on a whim. I honestly didn't know what to expect. For a MIM strat it is awesome! I really can't think of anything about it that I don't like.

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Better than some American Fenders!

                By 

                from South Carolina

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Tuners

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                I was originally debating between a American Fender Special and Gibson's 60's Tribute. Either way I was ready to shell out around $900 for either.

                After some research on the 60's reissue I decided on the American Special, until I played it. Tuners wouldn't hold, fret board had insane buzz, and it didn't feel like a $900 guitar or an American Fender.

                Then I saw this baby. Fender's Roadhouse Deluxe with Texas Specials. The main reason I was going to get the American is because it had Texas Specials. I'm glad I didn't because this guitar plays WELL above it's price range and sounds absolutely beautiful. Nice subtle stain on the neck, well made body and electronics, beautiful finish (I went with the 3-tone Sunburst), and over all a fantastic guitar at an unbeatable price. This is probably one of the top 5 best MIM Fenders on the market. (In my opinion the best!)

                My only qualms is the tuners are a little flimsy and couldn't take too many dives from the tremolo bar without de-tuning. Just buy you some Fender locking tuning machines and you're good to go! It's worth the extra $60 to make this guitar American-built level for a fraction of the price.

                You honestly can't go wrong with this Guitar. It's my new favorite and will be for some time!

                Comment on this review

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                EXCELLENT guitar for a great price!

                By 

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Great looks
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Blues
                • Country

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                I've been playing guitar for more than 25 years and I own/have owned various other Strats, Teles, Les Pauls, Charvels and custom guitars. Dollar for dollar, this guitar is by far one of the best buys I have ever gotten! I pulled the guitar out of the box and it needed very little in the way of set up before I was wailing away. The Texas Special pickups are some of my favorites and I have them in my SRV strat and my USA strat too. The neck is smooth as silk and the hardware is solid. Back in the early 90's I owned another MIM strat and I had to replace the trem because the block was really small. Not so on this one. I don't know that I need to replace anything on this one. It has tone for days already!

                Another little side note about quality control. I checked this guitar over and the QC seems to be great! I wasn't able to find any issues with it whatsoever. In contrast, I purchased a Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro for $1500+ a while back and only kept it a day before taking it back! It was virtually unplayable due to the buzzing in the upper frets that I wasn't even 100% sure would go away with a good setup! Whoever did the final prep on the binding did a poor job as well. There were also some other issues with the finish around the neck joint that were TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE for a guitar at that price.

                If you are looking for a great strat with great looks, great playability and great tone at a great price, then look no further my friends because you've found it. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.

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